Monday, July 23, 2007

Don't forget those quotes!

You know all those times you think back on your family and remember the "Words to live by"?     You know what I mean... how grandpa Jack always says "Give em an inch"  and Aunt Jane always says "Don't forget your sunscreen!".    They say the things we love and also the things we dread hearing.  As a kid you may have even mocked one of these relatives with their funny thoughts.  

Now as an adult you can really appreciate how this makes each of our relatives unique and fun.   We will always want to remember the things they said over and over and we will want to pass on those quotes and even their knowledge to our children and our grandkids.

Why not make a page just for them.   Place a great picture or two.. personally I like the idea of a picture of from when they were a young adult and one that shows how they look now.   On your computer or even in your own handwriting print the "quotes" they are known for on pretty solids.  I like using the computer just because you can choose different fonts for each quote.  

Cut out and place the quotes around the pictures.   Depending on how many quotes you have they might take up the whole page or you can add lots of fun embellishments.  For instance if one of your quotes is "There are plenty of fish in the sea" you could embellish with little fishes and a fishing net.  

Use your imagination and record those memories!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Using Chalk

Chalk is probably one of my all time favorite mediums.   You can use it for distressing pages or for creating your own backgrounds.  Chalk can be used to give an area a soft look or a bold look.

I use chalk in different ways.   I have stick chalks that I use for coloring in an area or lay on their sides to add wide sweeping color.   You can use a cotton ball to even out the edges or for blending colors on the page.

I have chalks in the paint type canisters that I use by dabbing a cotton ball across the color and then applying it.  This gives a softer look.

To make your chalk last longer:  When you have just a small peice left over, crush it up and then use cotton balls or q-tips for application .


Thursday, June 28, 2007

New Downloads at scrapbook bytes! has some beautiful new downloads up!  Check out the one with the watering can.   I LOVE it!   I will definately have to try that one.  The Funky flower stickers are terrific as well!   I am just amazed at what they come up with at this site!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

What You Need to Know to Make a Scrapbook

By: Marcus Harbert

The first thing you need to know about making a scrapbook is that it isn't a complicated process at all. Scrapbooking isn't just for the 'crafty' person among us either. In fact, you don't need to have any 'crafting' skills at all, in order to create a scrapbook of memories that will last for generations to come.

Scrapbooking is a way to take those photographs, and things that hold special meaning, out from the standard, and (yawn) boring photo albums, and the boxes where they are being stored, to add personality to and truly capture the 'essence' of what these mean to you.

There are so many books, DVD's, software programs, scrapbook stores, and internet sites dedicated to scrapbooking that anyone can do it. In books, and DVD's about scrapbooking you will find ideas and tips on how to create personalized pages for your scrapbook, some even have patterns that are easily copied for use in the designing of your scrapbook. Most software programs have templates built into them for a fast and simple way to decorate your scrapbook. Scrapbook stores, online and off, and web sites for scrapbooking are all good resources to find design ideas for your scrapbook as well as the supplies you will need to complete your project. You will even find information on how best to join or bind your personal pages together once you have created them to make a lasting keepsake that you will cherish. With such a wealth of information, materials, supplies, and services available today: it is no wonder that scrapbooking has become so popular, and fun for so many.

Some of the unique supplies available for you to use in making a scrapbook and that also helps to make this such an easy and enjoyable activity for so many include items such as:

  • Stickers

  • Pre-Filled Labels

  • Patterns

  • Stencils

  • Serrated- Scissors

  • Designer Papers

  • Glitter Pens

  • Cut-outs

  • Ribbons

  • Buttons

  • Binders

Making a scrapbook of memories doesn't have to be an expensive endeavor either. You can find many of these things at discounted prices and you may already have some of these items around the house, in the kids craft box for example. Scrapbook making is especially fun for children. Let them get out the construction paper and cut out picture from magazines or old greeting cards to glue on their very own special pages. Encourage them to be creative using markers, crayons, glitter pens, stencils, buttons, small pieces of fabric, or whatever else you can come up with together. You can punch holes in the pages that they create and then let them loop the pages together with ribbon or yarn. This is an activity that will keep the kids busy for long periods of time and is also an activity that you can enjoy right along with them.

Once you have all constructed your own unique scrapbooks, you can share them with one another to get a different perspective on old photographs and memories. Recall the memories of the events displayed in your scrapbooks and share love, laughter, and life-lessons with each other.

It is time to bring those pictures and mementos that hold such precious memories, out from the confines of drab albums and dark boxes, so that they can be displayed in a manner that best represents their full meaning to you and those you share these treasure books with. Create your keepsake treasure by making a scrapbook today!

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Scrapbook Bytes

Scrapbook Bytes has some great information.  My personal favorite right now is the FREE downloads section.  I took a quick look around and immediately found a great set of Ladybug embellishments to download and print! 
They also offer a free newsletter and tons of great ideas for Digital Scrapbooking.  I told you.. someday I will get more digital stuff posted but for now.. what a great resource!
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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Creating a Pregnancy Scrapbook

Author:  Audrey Okaneko
“Mommy, tell me again about when I was born”. Any one who is a mother has heard this phrase countless times. Our children love to hear the story of how they were born. For those that are not yet mothers, I promise your kids will ask this many many times in the years to come.

Creating a scrapbook of your pregnancy helps you tell your child the story of their birth.

Here are several ideas for creating this very special scrapbook:

1. Take photos the day you find out you’re pregnant. Take a photo of mom and dad. Take photos of any siblings and take photos of any grandparents who might live locally.

2. Kids want to know “were you excited?” and “were you happy?” They also want to know “who did you tell first?” Journal the answers to these questions, for inclusion in the scrapbook. If this is your first pregnancy, it’s hard to guess what your child might ask you in 5 years. Think of yourself as a child. What did you want to know about your mother’s pregnancy? If you have other children, you know the questions you are going to be asked.

3. Take photos of mom and dad as the pregnancy progresses. Both my kids love seeing the photos of me being pregnant. We took side views, back views and front views.

4. Both my kids wanted to know what their names would’ve been had they been boys. (I have two girls). My own mom tells me about the name discussions she and my dad had before I was born. Again, journal these answers for your child to read when they are older.

5. Keep any reports and ultrasound photos that you receive from the doctor. I have ultrasound photos from both of my kids and they love seeing them.

6. Take a picture of the hospital where the child was born. Both of my kids were born at different hospitals and they both want to know about the hospital they were born at. They both have asked about the hospital stay as well. Did I stay overnight? Did I receive any medication? As the kids get older their questions become more detailed. Writing out the experience and putting this into the scrapbook allows the older child to have more information.

7. Take a picture of the delivering doctor if possible.

8. If there is baby naming, bris, or christening, take photos. Children want to see this. This is part of their birth.

9. Keep a list of who visits you in the hospital. Take photos if possible. Again, these are all questions I’ve been asked by my own kids.

10. Take a photo of their bedroom the night they come home. They want to know what it looked like.

Kids love knowing the story of their birth. It’s a book they’ll look at over and over again. It’s truly the story of them!!

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Free Scrapbooking Stuff

Just wanted to take a moment and share this website with you.  It is chock full of free scrapbook stuff!  We all like free right?  You can find printable frames, lettering for Christmas pages and school daze stuff as well.  There are printables for every holiday, pregnancy, and even dog lovers.  haha..  Take a few moments to see what you find and don't forget to share your finished pages with us.  If you scroll down to the bottom there are even some great buttons and shirts for scrappers that you can purchase!
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